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Uniquely Southern

Posted March 18, 2010

One of the nice things about this blog is the involvement from people all over the state. You don't just read it.  You also offer great ideas. I'd like to enlist your help again today.

I received an email from Pam Saulsby last evening.  Here's what she wrote:

"I have a good friend who is hosting relatives from Australia. She wants to take them somewhere that is uniquely Southern. Got any ideas?"

Three restaurants came to mind immediately: Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, 18 Seaboard in Raleigh and Lucky 32's Southern Kitchen in Cary. Kelcey Carlson recommended Mama Dip's in Chapel Hill and The State Farmer's Market Restaurant in Raleigh. Elizabeth Gardner chimed in with Big Ed's in Raleigh and The Glenwood Grill.

What about you? What uniquely Southern restaurant and/or event would you recommend for these adventuresome Aussies?


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  • BurninStick Mar 19, 2010

    Where you from, Painfree? Round heah we callem hairn.

  • GRush Mar 19, 2010

    If you go to the mountains, Jarrett House in Dillsboro is a beautiful bed & breakfast (never stayed there, but I want to!) with a great homestyle restaurant also. Meals are served family style and are absolutely wonderful. Then you could go on the Great Smoky Mountail Railroad and end up at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Go to Fontana Dam too, and you are in the neighborhood of Cherokee. Then come on back to Asheville for all the wonderful things to do there, work your way back to Winston-Salem and the Moravian bakery at Old Salem. Come on back with a detour down to Lexington for bar-b-que in that style, then head for the coast. Anywhere from the Sanitary Fish Market up or down the coast, you have to get the seafood in along with some Eastern 'Q and at least one or two lighthouse photo ops. The riverboat cruise in Wilmington is lots of fun if you go that way, and I have always wanted to go to Roanoke and on up to Kitty Hawk, etc. but haven't got that far north ye

  • PAINFREE Mar 18, 2010

    Are we talking about "herring", or have I been wrong for over seventy years?

  • BurninStick Mar 18, 2010

    Southern? How about a plate full of steaming, fried Hairn? Take a couple Australians and robust appetites down to the Cypress Grill in Jamesville. CG sits on the banks of the mighty Roanoke River where Hairn can be netted within a rock's throw of the front door. In fact, there used to be an automatic fishing machine anchored out there. It's river current-powered ferris wheel-type bucket scoops laid waste to every school of Hairn naively led through that part of the river. There may still be some of those machines down there, don't know. If you visit on Easter Monday, you can head over to the Hairn Festival for a stretch and some exercise after enjoying your Meal. Quite a treat. My wife's cousin from Bahston wouldn't leave the restaurant without a t-shirt. "They're not gonna belive this back home," she said. I believed her.

  • kimmiesmith Mar 18, 2010

    Definitly the Farmer's Market! Mama Dip's can't touch it! There is even molasses on every table1 You can't get more southern than that!

  • dharper22 Mar 18, 2010

    I agree with all those who've said Big Ed's and State Farmer's Market. I there still a Green's Grill in Garner. Haven't been there in 30 years.

  • pcarinii Mar 18, 2010

    Try the Bynum Front Porch Pickin and Potluck March 27th at 10AM to 2PM. Free entry, bring a dish for the potluck and your own chairs for the music. Authentic North Carolina!

  • nuncvendetta Mar 18, 2010

    oh, another I forgot to mention. Joyce and Family in Fuquay-Varina. That's love on a plate if I've ever seen it. Buffet style, and some of the best southern veggies I've had anywhere.

  • nuncvendetta Mar 18, 2010

    The Old Place in nearby Bear Creek, NC. Fresh-from-the-farm veggie, home-cooked meats, and a from-scratch buffet spread that would make grandma proud. I defy anyone to find better fried chicken.

    For a more close-in place, lunch at Pam's Farmhouse. Knocks the socks off of Mama Dips et al., and has more of a down-home atmosphere than places like Crooks Corner.

  • CestLaVie Mar 18, 2010

    I don't know when or how long they'll be here, but the Bentonville Battlefield re-enactment is this weekend in Four Oaks, Johnston Co, NC.




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